The Hindu - October 13, 2013

Varsity issue: JAC to implead as party in HC.

A.V. Ragunathan.
        As former Pro-Chancellor M.A. M.Ramasamy has challenged the repeal of the Annamalai University Act 1929 in the Madras High Court that conferred the right on him to hold the position, a sense of anxiety is prevailing among teaching and non-teaching staff.
        The former Pro-Chancellor has sought the legal recourse after the State government passed the Annamalai University Act 2013 (that divests the family of founder Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar of the administration rights). The Act formally directed the Administrator to discharge the functions of the Vice-Chancellor.
        The Joint Action Council of Annamalai University Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff Associations is gearing for a legal battle.
        The association's general secretary S. Mathiyalagan told The Hindu that the JAC would implead as a party in this case. He said that had the State government expedited the investigation into the allegations of malpractices such a situation would not have arisen. According to a conservative estimate Rs 1,785 crore was swindled in the past 10 years.
        The JAC urged the government to order a CB-CID inquiry. The JAC was of the firm belief that but for the financial indiscipline the university would not have fallen into such a crisis that forced the previous management to propose retrenchment and 50 per cent salary cut. "Such a proposition resulted in unrest on the university campus. It ultimately drew the attention of the State government and prompted it to take series of measures such as appointment of the Administrator, repeal of the Annamalai University Act 1929, passage of Annamalai University Act 2013 and empowerment of the Administrator to discharge the duties of a Vice-Chancellor," Mr Mathiyalagan said.

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